Anne and her Diary

April 17, 2008 -

John Heald

I have been to Anne Frank’s house before and it certainly was a memorable experience however today’s visit was something else.

For those who do not know the story of this young girl who for two years hid behind a bookcase that led to a hidden area. She lived there with her family for two years before being betrayed by the owner of the building and sent to the concentration camp.

During the time she was in hiding from the Nazis this young girl wrote a diary and wrote in a style way beyond her years.

This diary is on display as are the actual rooms where she and her loved ones hid from the onslaught of the persecution of the Jews during World War II.

Anne died in the concentration camp and I am sure she did so having no idea that her simple diary would be translated into 55 languages and become one of the most famous books in the world.

Anne’s’ family died at Auschwitz while Anne was separated from them and passed away at the Bergen Belsen camp.

Having been to the camp in Berlin three days ago visiting the Anne Frank house this time has left me with a deep feeling of sadness and sorrow.

I bought her book today………she deserves that I read it………you should too




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